A lot of Disney World bargain travelers think you need to rely on pure luck in order to snag the best deals at the parks, but there is actually a lot of planning that goes into discounts and offers. Many of the best kept secrets have been known for a while by a lot of the travel agents and regular vacationers that get tips and alerts about these deals. The trick is to plan early and be flexible with your dates of travel because dates on deals that are offered are solid and can’t be changed.
These are some of the little known Disney World booking secrets that can save you money on everything from lodging to tickets to the dining plan.
Disney World resorts are some of the highest cost resorts out there, but you can still snag a great room for an incredible price with plenty of time and planning. Folks that vacation at Disney World regularly often sign up for the Disney Vacation Club, which is similar to a timeshare, but doesn’t include ownership. Like timeshares though, they acquire credits for days that need to be used or are lost, and sometimes club members just can’t get their time in at Disney. This means that their credits can be sold, through brokers. The discount on these shares is considerable, saving anywhere from 40-50% off the regular cost of a hotel room stay at WDW. You can also consider staying at a Disney budget resort to save on funds.
Disney World resorts have their own Disney Dining Plan, meant to save you money and time, while filling you up each and every day. When you factor in the cost of tickets, your hotel stay and then a dining plan for every member of your family, the costs can be out of your budget. Once a year, dates are released for free dining plan deals when you book a stay at the resorts. These savings are so substantial that many annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members plan an additional weekend or short trip to the parks just to take advantage of it. This deal comes with restrictions, and the dates of the deal cannot be altered so make sure that you have everything lined up and ready to snag this deal as soon as it becomes available because the resorts will sell out.
Disney World tickets are perhaps the hardest things to save money on, and WDW has some built in deals that they make known to everyone but require you to purchase several days worth of tickets. There are some other ways to save money on tickets, in addition to saving on the multiple day ticket prices that Disney World offers. Authorized ticket brokers are able to sell discounted tickets to guests that can save you an additional 5% on your ticket purchases. Over multiple days, for multiple people, this can make a huge difference between being able to go or not.
One of the final little known ways to save on your booking fees at Disney is with the help of the Disney Visa card. When you open a new account you are able to earn Disney credit that can be applied to your booking fees for the hotels, dining plan, tickets or a gift card for your Disney souvenirs. This means that paying for part of your Disney vacation with the card can earn you back part of your fees immediately.
With a little research and care when booking, you can save money and have the vacation of your dreams at Walt Disney World.